Pastor Daniel Mark

 

As I reflect on all of my life experiences thus far, I have no doubt in my mind now more than ever, that the gifting’s and calling’s of God are certainly not irrevocable and irresistible, even though at times they can be delayed or derailed by our own actions, or the actions of others. This has been my guiding principle ever since I surrendered my life fully to God.

Born to parents Christopher and Carol Mark, I am the second of five children that their marriage conceived. During my formative years, I received my primary education as a student of the Golden Lane Government Primary School before moving on to Elizabeth’s College where I received my Secondary education.

For as long as I can remember as a child growing up, my siblings and I attended every church that surrounded our community at the time. We went from Salvation Army, Adventist, Pentecostal and finally to Moravian churches where we attended every activity. Therefore, it came as no surprise when I was given the nickname “preacher,” due mainly to the way my parents would dress me for church and Sunday evening Sunday school.

As I struggled to deal with the many challenging issues of life during my early teenage years, the church became my only source of hope, happiness and comfort. As faith would have it, at the age of 17, I went to live with one of my aunts, which not only impacted my life Physically, Emotionally and Psychologically, but most important was the Spiritual change that came with it.

I remember surrendering my life to Christ in June 2003. However, it was while I was at a Provincial Youth Camp on the island of Barbados in 2004, that I accepted God’s call on my life to participate in active leadership within the church. Even though I was to some extent uncertain or even confused, one thing was certain for sure and that was, God had called.

When I returned to my home congregation of Evangel, I shared my experiences with my pastor. Not long after, I began preaching in my home congregation, then as a lay preacher throughout the Tobago conference and at times even in Grenada, where I was actively involved in Mission work.

In 2013, I entered the United Theological College of the West Indies and the University of the West Indies Mona to commence my course of study for the full time Ministry of the Moravian Church. I graduated in 2017 with a Diploma in Ministerial Studies from the United Theological College of the West Indies and a B.A in Theology from the University of the West Indies Mona.

When I am not at Church, you can find me either playing Cricket with the boys in my village or having a good lime and laugh with my friends.

As I assume my duties as Associate Pastor at Spring Gardens Moravian Church, I look forward to what God would have us do as a community of faith, called to serve in a changing and challenging world. My prayer is that all of us will avail ourselves to God, join our faith, hands and resources together and impact our communities for Christ in a holistic and meaningful way.